La Junta girls golf wins second Tri-Peaks League tournament

Ken Hamrick
LA Junta Tribune
Morgan McReynolds of the La Junta High School girls golf team putts on the ninth green at the second Tri-Peaks League tournament of the season. McReynolds finished third with a 98.

The La Junta High School girls golf team won the second of three Tri-Peaks League tournaments on Monday at the La Junta Municipal Golf Course.

"We had a good day today," said LJ coach D.C. DiPrince. "It's great to play at our home course and get a full 18 holes in and have nice sunshine. We had a great day. It's great to wake up in our own beds and not having a two-hour drive and just get out to our own course and get a full round."

Leading the Tigers was Morgan McReynolds who finished third with a 98.

"I didn't do as well as I wanted to, but I still finished out pretty well," McReynolds said.

Next for La Junta was sophomore Sari Schrock who placed seventh with a 116.

"I had an alright round," Schrock said. "It wasn't as well as I hoped to do."

Rounding out the Tigers' scoring was Elah Backes who was 15th with a 128.

McReynolds actually attends Cheraw High School where she is a junior. She played basketball and volleyball for the Wolverines making her a three-sport athlete.

"It's OK coming down here to golf," McReynolds said. "I like Sari quite a bit and I just met Elah last week, but it's really nice to get to know new people."

Schrock was also a three-sport athlete for La Junta and she too played both volleyball and basketball.

"It's a lot to handle sometimes, but it's fun," Schrock said. "It's fun to play with a lot of different people."

During last year's pandemic, both McReynolds and Schrock still went out to the golf course to get in several rounds.

"My family and I like to golf, so we came out here as much as we could, so I didn't miss much," McReynolds said. "I missed playing with all of my teammates and all the other girls my age, but I still practiced as much as I could."

"I came out with my brothers and my family a lot an practiced as much as I could," Schrock said.

Both of Schrock's brothers were past state qualifiers. Cody also played for La Junta while Kyle played for Swink.

Both McReynolds and Schrock are looking to make the state tournament this season.

"I want to make state and breaking 90 would be nice," McReynolds said.

"I want to make state and break 100," Schrock said.

Colorado Springs Christian's Leanne Telle was the medalist with a 77 and her sister, Rachel, was second with a 92.

La Junta won the tournament with 342, followed by Trinidad with 362 and Salida with 366.

La Junta will next play in the third and final Tri-Peaks tournament on June 2 at the Trinidad/Las Animas County Golf Course.

La Junta High School's Sari Schrock putts on the ninth green at the second Tri-Peaks League Tournament on Monday at the La Junta Municipal Golf Course. Schrock placed seventh with a 116.

Tribune-Democrat reporter Ken Hamrick can be reached by email atKHamrick1@gannett.com